Cenk Tosun deal to Everton still under negotiation, says Besiktas president Fikret Orman
Besiktas' president Fikret Orman has warned Everton that Cenk Tosun will only move to Merseyside if the deal suits the Turkish club.
Everton officials were in Turkey over the weekend in an attempt to reach an agreement to bring in Tosun, Sky sources understand, and Sam Allardyce said the club had done "all we can" to finalise the transfer by Tuesday.
Tosun posted pictures of himself in London over New Year's Eve and the striker is keen on a move to the Premier League club.
But Besiktas president Orman, who returned from holiday in South Africa this week, insists nothing is agreed yet - revealing they have already rejected a higher offer from elsewhere.
Sky Sports News understands Orman is expected in London for talks with Everton this week.
"Besiktas is a serious club, which goes according to international football rules," Orman said at a press conference to present new Croatian signing Domagoj Vida.
"Everton have made an offer but China offered 35 million euros for Cenk Tosun. And we said no. He is a very valuable player for us.
"Cenk wants Everton. Negotiations are ongoing, with good intentions.
"There is no finished situation right now. If the conditions are right for us, the transfer takes place."
Allardyce maintains finding a striker is Everton's priority in January but admitted they may not find a solution before the transfer window shuts.
Everton held talks with Besiktas president Fikret Orman on Wednesday as they attempt to finally conclude a £27m deal for striker Cenk Tosun.
Tosun, 26, has been in London awaiting permission to complete his move.
But it has been delayed as Besiktas hold out for a better deal than the £25m Everton thought would be enough to get the transfer over the line.
Tosun has helped Besiktas reach the last 16 of the Champions League, where they meet Bayern Munich.
Everton manager Sam Allardyce has identified the German-born Turkey international as the forward to add goals and threat to his squad following the failure to replace Romelu Lukaku after his £90m move to Manchester United.
Orman flew to London to try and reach an agreement with Everton as a transfer deal they hoped to do swiftly once the January transfer window opened threatened to become drawn out.
There remains a strong belief that a deal will be done before the weekend after amicable talks in London.
Tosun is keen to move to the Premier League and join Everton, who remain optimistic he will become Allardyce's first signing since succeeding Ronald Koeman.